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Antibes is a popular holiday destination on the Cote d’Azur.

Antibes, together with the seaside resort of Juan les Pins, with its marina Port Vauban – the largest marina in Europe, is a popular holiday destination on the Cote d’Azur. The city is very well connected with other coastal resorts in the area, it is close to the Route 8, the railway line from Marseille to Monaco, and the immediate vicinity of the airport of Nice.

In the 5th century BC Antibes was settled here by the Greeks from Massilia (Marseille) a trading post at the western end of the big Baie des Anges. Because of its location in front of Nikea (Nice) to the other side of the bay, the new settlement, the present Antibes, was called Antipolis. A big name for a small town, because it covered only a space between the sea and the current Cours Massena, surrounded by a a small dock with a port. Two centuries later saw the arrival of the Romans, who brought prosperity to Antipolis and the important city was expanded and strengthened. In the 1st century AD  the Western Roman Empire began to collapse and Antibes was invased by barbarian tribes who took over the city leading to its partial destruction and instability. Of the buildings from these times  virtually nothing remains. Several hundred yers later, the French kings gradually rebuilt Antibes into a strong fortified city, the Fort Carre on the north side of the bay Anse-Saint-Roch, still remains. Sadly, around 1895, these beautiful strongholds were demolished .

In Antibes is the Picasso Museum in Chateau Grimaldi and contains all the work that Pablo Picasso did during his stay in Antibes. The Jazz Festival of Juan les Pins has gain a reputation worldwide. 
Further south is the famous peninsula Cap d’Antibes where Francis Scott Fitzgerald set part of his novel, “Tender is the Night”, and, here too, is one of the most exclusive (and expensive) hotels in the world, the Hotel du Cap.
The beach promenades of Golfe Juan and Juan les Pins are typical of the Cote d’Azur with residential buildings near to the seafront and promenades lined with palm trees. The best beaches are located in the east of Juan-les-Pins between the casino and the Port de Gallice. The rocky peninsula of Cap d’Antibes has fewer beaches. In the vicinity of the old city, there are no beaches but a smaller beach lies south of it, at the narrowest point of the peninsula, with the major beaches are far to the north.